LaMalfa Supports National Emergency Declaration to Secure the Southern Border
Feb 15, 2019
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed a Declaration for a National Emergency to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the Southern Border.
LaMalfa said: “I support the President’s decision today to use the powers of the Executive to secure our southern border. I would have preferred to accomplish this legislatively, but the intractability of Democrat leadership to adequately address this issue has made that impossible. This decision is not without precedent – there have been nearly 60 national emergencies declared by U.S. Presidents since 1976. Similarly, previous governors of New Mexico and Arizona have also declared states of emergency along the border in the past. I’ve been working with the White House to ensure funding for disaster recovery and critical civil works projects, such as levees and water storage, are not affected by a shift in funding in this process. The situation at the southern border is a humanitarian and national security crisis, and it’s a national emergency. The stubborn opposition to a regulated border is incomprehensible and endangers American citizens.”
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.